|Honored by:||William E. Quick|
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Marcia Jean Anderson was born on March 28, 1947, in Boone, Iowa. Marcia attended primary and secondary schools in several central Iowa communities before graduating from West Marshall High School in State Center, Iowa in 1965. In 1968, while attending Iowa State College, Ms. Anderson became Mrs. William F. Harrison. The young couple moved to Conrad, Iowa, in 1969, following their graduation from Iowa State, where William began work as a high school English teacher. Billy, Marcia and William's son, was born in December 1970.
On Christmas Day, 1971, William and an unborn daughter, Marci, were killed in an automobile accident caused by another driver who had been drinking. In this same accident, Marcia suffered extensive injuries and Billy's memory was wiped clean. After her eight month stay at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Marcia and Billy moved to State Center, Iowa, where Marcia began teaching fourth grade, walking with a pair of crutches. Several months later, Marcia was walking with a cane and raising a toddler as a single parent.
Marcia remarried in 1975 to Harlan L. Quick, a history teacher at West Marshall High School. Chrissy, Marcia and Harlan's daughter, was born in August of 1978. Also in 1978, Mrs. Quick quit her teaching job to raise her daughter at home. Marcia returned to the West Marshall school system as a fifth grade teacher in 1986, and is currently serving in this position.
Marcia, through her personal determination and her devotion to the people who are dear to her, has set a positive example for everyone who knows her. She has played an active and productive part in her community and has been a positive role model for the many students with whom she has come in contact through the years. Marcia continues to struggle through reconstructive surgery and other complications of her 1971 accident, but does so with a positive outlook on life. Marcia is truly an inspiration to those around her, and a testament to the impact which an individual can have upon society.
Submitted on 4/30/94